“Craig Ferguson is in final negotiations … to host a daily syndicated half-hour talk show that would air in the 7 p.m. hour,” reports our good friend Cynthia Littleton in a scoop for Variety.
The company Ferguson is talking with is Tribune, the story says, and the talk show would go into the access time slot on 42 of Tribune’s stations.
Littleton adds that the “show is targeted to bow in fall 2015. It’s expected that Michael Naidus, exec producer of CBS’s ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,’ will be on board as showrunner of the show, which will blend comedy and talk show elements. The intent is to rev up the hour leading into prime time with the Ferguson yakker paired at 7:30 p.m. with a prime sitcom rerun, a la ‘Two and a Half Men’ or ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Reps for Tribune Media and Ferguson declined to comment.”
The story adds, “Among the distribs in the mix to handle national sales of the show is said to be Debmar-Mercury, which is already in business with Ferguson and Tribune on the syndie game show ‘Celebrity Name Game,’ which will bow next month. ‘Name Game’ is widely cleared on Tribune stations, and could be paired in the 7:30 p.m. slot with the new yakker if the show clicks in its first season.”
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